New Stanley Bailey Planes

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Forum topic by Bluepine38 posted 10-18-2012 02:06 PM 1529 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2012 02:06 PM

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I have read a lot about the older Stanley Bailey Planes here, but could not find any comments on the new ones
that Stanley is now making. I have not found any in stores that I can look at, but have found them in the
catalog. Does anyone have any experience with the new ones? Thank you for any help and comments.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 03:33 PM

I’ve seen the new ones, at least the block and the #4, at Lowes about a year ago.
Only observation I could make is the tote is black plastic now.
And, I’m pretty sure they are made in China. Stanley loves to make shit in China.
I guess they think their brand name will support and justify their price level, regardless of the quality of product. And, it seems the strategy is correct up to a point.

To me the new Stanley products are the Black and Decker of hand tools. Just functional; kinda.
Case in point, I wanted a new heavy duty framing hammer; something +20 oz. All the ones in the stores around here that I could find are all made in China or Mexico. Pick one up and look at the claw from the end. There is about a 1/16” to 1/8” difference in the thickness from one side to the other. The groove is rough and irregular. Looks like the crap you used to see in the Dollar bin at the variety store. Deffinately not professional grade, IMHO. Stanley used to make hammers right here in Pulaski. The crap they are selling now would never have made it past inspection in our plant.

I went and found me an Eastwing 24oz hammer, Made in USA and paid about 50% more for it, $30 instead of $20, but it made me feel better.

I wish there was a similar choice in hand planes, but there is not; at least, not to my knowledge. You can buy a crap quality Stanley/Bailey for about $40 to $60 made in China; or an even crappier Groz, Footprint, Anant made in India for about $30 to $50; or a decent Wood River made in China for about 3 times that price, $100 to $200, or good quality North American LN or Veritas for $200 to $500.

Of course there is the other option of going Vintage Stanley and doing some Refurb. The best value for sure.

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 07:48 PM

Supposedly the Stanley Sweetheart line is supposed to be good. I own one of the shoulder planes, which is OK, but it did come with a damaged screw (screw did not have an slot for the screwdriver to turn it). My attempts to contact Stanley failed, so I ended up cutting my own slot in the screwdriver. So, if you try one of their tools, be sure that you can return it. I took a chance on one of their chisels, which seems to be working well (Lee Valley does not offer a 1/8” chisel in their new PM-V11)

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